Can you even tell them apart?

By Extra Mustard
May 08, 2017

Iranian police hauled Reza Parastesh off to jail this weekend. His crime? Looking like a spitting image of the world’s most famous soccer player, Lionel Messi. 

Well, not exactly. According to The Telegraph, Parastesh was “rushed into a [police] station” and had his car impounded so the cops could clear traffic after a horde of rabid selfie-seeking fans caused utter chaos in the streets of Hamadan. 

Parastesh, a 25-year-old student, doesn’t just look like Messi by accident (in case the Barcelona jersey didn’t give it away). His father encouraged him a few months ago to send a few photos to a sports website and he’s been a sensation ever since. 

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“Now people really see me as the Iranian Messi and want me to mimic everything he does. When I show up somewhere, people are really shocked,” Parastesh told the AFP. “I’m really happy that seeing me makes them happy and this happiness gives me a lot of energy.”

You have to wonder how the original “Iranian Messi,” Sardar Azmoun, feels about this. 

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